Obviously for any board game, play value is to an extent subjective. I love Twilight Imperium, but my oldest son loathes it (though usually our tastes run similarly). I do have this one data point on Cthulhu Wars
to take into consideration.
I have been testing it with a group of former co-workers of mine at Robot Entertainment, stealing their once-a-week boardgame night for my playtest purposes. We've been doing this since February of this year. These guys know nothing about Cthulhu. A couple times I felt guilty about using up their game night, and offered to play some other game with them. Every time, they demanded to p\lay Cthulhu Wars
instead. They love the game. In fact, I was unable to go to Robot for the last two weeks, and one of them came on his own initiative to my house Friday night because I said we'd be playing it. He is "Brian" from the gameplay video - the quiet guy. Also they have not been playing with the "real" miniatures - but with substitutes. The Dark Young they used, for instance, were triremes taken from another game. The undead were musketeers. So without any of the visual panoply or history of the Mythos, they have been taken by the actual play of the game itself.
But of course the neat figures just make it all better, in my opinion.- - - Updated - - -
The fact that humans are not a faction lacking in my own collection of figures is, in fact, for me an argument against at least a normally-arranged human faction. I have been pondering and testing a very unusual human faction, however, and it might be a little more cool for those of us who like HPL
figures. For instance, instead of "human soldier" a figure might be "Herbert West". You heard it here first.
I can see how some folks would be excited for a human faction, but for me part of the draw is using this as an opportunity to pick up 28mm scale miniatures of GOOs and their minions, particularly more obscure ones. In terms of practicality, I'd rather see figures available of Hounds of Tindalos or Yithians first, before we get humans and vehicles I could scavenge from other miniature games. Adding humans certainly isn't a deal-breaker, but it wouldn't be a must-have faction.
Overall, I have to say that this feels like the game of a lifetime, one I've waited almost 4 decades to see come to fruition. Well done!